Saturday, March 26, 2011
Bruins honor broadcaster Bob Wilson
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins honored legendary radio personality Bob Wilson prior to Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers at the TD Garden.
Bruins president Cam Neely introduced Wilson as the home radio booth was named in his honor.
Wilson, 82, of Arlington, Mass., served as the voice of the Bruins for 25 years before retiring in 1995. Wilson received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 1987, which was presented by the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Bruins will also install a silver microphone encased in black and gold frame on level 9 at the Garden beneath the home radio booth.
“It means a great deal,” Wilson said. “I don’t know how to put it. It validates a career. I’m just honored beyond words with this move by Bruins management. It’s just wonderful.”
Wilson said the highlight of his career was calling the last Stanley Cup goal the Bruins scored in the 1972 finals.
Wilson is retired and living in New Hampshire and he still watches and listens to Bruins games.
“The guys are doing a good job. I’m proud of both Jack [Edwards] and Dave [Goucher].”
Goucher, the Bruins’ current radio voice, is one of the best in a game and he brings an old-school feel to his broadcasts and Wilson admitted he’s a big fan of Goucher’s style.
“He’s does a nice job. It’s a basic job and that’s all you have to do. You don’t have to be interpreting all the time. You can call a straight-forward game -- up and down and around about.”
Wilson will be a guest during the first intermission with Goucher and color analyst Bob Beers on 98.5 The Sports Hub.